Research

Established to overcome key industrial challenges in energy storage technology, the Faraday Institution research programme spans nine major research areas in lithium-ion and beyond lithium-ion technologies and battery recycling:

Six focus areas aiming to optimise current generation lithium-ion based batteries where there are still considerable gains to be made and where research breakthroughs could start to be realised in commercial batteries within 3-4 years.

Three focus areas are higher risk, higher reward, and could facilitate the long-term commercialisation of next-generation battery technology that still requires considerable research in the areas of materials discovery and optimisation.

One focussed on the recycling and reuse of batteries and supporting the principles of the circular economy.

Additionally, three shorter-term projects to develop battery-focused characterisation and analytical techniques have provided UK researchers with world-leading tools to accelerate their understanding of battery materials and their performance.

This research programme is multidisciplinary, highly collaborative, and draws together the best of UK university research groups and industrial partners.

OUR IMPACT

From research discoveries to commercial spin-outs, policy guidance to public engagement, this selection of case studies from the Faraday Institution and its research community demonstrates the impacts we are making on UK science, the economy and future generations of researchers.

RESEARCH COMMUNITY

The Faraday Institution has created a flourishing environment for commercially relevant energy storage research and innovation. It has united a powerhouse of a research community – 500+ strong from across 27 universities – working with 85 industrial partners. Highly competitive university research groups across the UK now work in active collaboration. Over half of the scientists engaged as co-investigators on our research projects are new to battery science, having transferred their expertise from other areas of materials sciences. Read how…

Our Research Programme by the Numbers

27

Universities

85

Industry partners

500

Researchers

£100m

Committed to application inspired research

410

Scientific papers published

50

Inventions identified

RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHTS

Meet the Faraday Five Hundred! The Faraday Institution has over 500 researchers from various universities, disciplines, projects, and career stages. These researcher spotlights highlight their important work, the range of journeys into battery science, and the multi-dimensional diversity in our community.

FARADAY BATTERY CHALLENGE INNOVATION AND SCALE-UP

See details of all projects funded through the Faraday Battery Challenge, including collaborative
R&D projects funded through InnovateUK and the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre

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